Category Archives: Blog

Employer-Provided Benefits in Oregon

Three-fourths (76%) of Oregon’s private employers offered one or more health, retirement, leave, pay, or other benefits to employees in June 2018. More than half (59%) of all employers offered health benefits, while 51 percent offered retirement benefits. This findings come from a survey of more than 12,000 private employers conducted by the Employment Department, […]
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Bills We’re Paying Attention to in Oregon’s 2019 Legislative Session

Tomorrow is the start of Oregon’s 2019 Legislative Session. The 160-day-long whirlwind of state-level lawmaking is poised to take on some pressing issues that impact all Oregonians: Like putting an end to onion inspection or declaring Oregon’s state dog the Border Collie. There are also a number of slightly more impactful bills introduced—from investigating cop […]
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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.1 Percent in December

Oregon’s unemployment rate rose to 4.1 percent in December from 3.9 percent in November. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been close to 4 percent for the past two years. The U.S. unemployment rate also edged up two-tenths of a percentage point, to 3.9 percent in December from 3.7 percent in November. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic […]
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Retirements are Coming

Demographics are a powerful force. Next year the oldest Baby Boomers will turn 75 years old. In fact, over the next decade the fastest growing age cohorts in Oregon will all be 70 years old or older. Now, even though Oregon sees a little bit of retiree migration, this growth is almost entirely about the […]
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Van Duzer Corridor AVA Approval Shows Location Matters in Oregon

Oregon wine lovers now have 19 reasons to celebrate Oregon’s acclaimed viticultural bio-regions. Now with the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) having approved the Van Duzer Corridor as an official AVA, or American Viticultural Area, Oregon has 19 winemaking regions—second only to California—with sufficient distinct features to be declared their own unique areas. The Van Duzer Corridor AVA and 18 others are […]
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Working from Home

As an economist, I’m fascinated and intrigued by start-ups and entrepreneurship. In part because they’re so vital to productivity and economic growth. In part because they’re at or near historic lows. And in part because we do not fully understand the motivations and drivers of these trends. Source: Working from Home | Oregon Office of Economic […]
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Stricter Gun Storage, “Do Not Sell” Lists, and Other Firearm Bills Oregon Lawmakers Will Consider This Session

The Oregon Legislature will consider at least seven bills that aim to tighten gun control and increase gun safety during the 2019 legislative session, which kicks off next week. If passed, these bills would require firearms be securely stored when not in use, mandate firearm safety classes in public schools, and make people obtain a […]
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Rep. Kotek Addresses Sexual Harassment After Being Re-Elected House Speaker

Representative Tina Kotek wasted no time after being re-elected to a fourth term as speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives Monday by addressing the elephant in the room: The Oregon Legislature’s unresolved problems with sexual misconduct. Source: Rep. Kotek Addresses Sexual Harassment After Being Re-Elected House Speaker – Blogtown – Portland Mercury

Migration Diversifies Oregon, Barely

08 A couple years ago we examined Oregon’s diversity and the fact that Oregon’s foreign-born population is fairly similar to, albeit smaller than the U.S. as a whole. Now, Oregon does have a somewhat larger Mexican-born population, but many such residents moved to the U.S. during 1980s, 1990s and through the housing bubble. Few have migrated in the past […]
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Shutdown Impacts 9,600 Federal Jobs in Oregon

Roughly 9,600 jobs in Oregon are at federal agencies that are not currently funded and are affected by the partial federal government shutdown. Some of these workers have already been furloughed. Others have funding to cover operations for a few more days. Excepted personnel are still working even though funding for their paychecks has not […]
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